Netflix has scooped up a new documentary on Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir, The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir, which will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, May 22nd, Variety reports.
Directed by Mike Fleiss — a producer for The Bachelor and numerous other shows, as well as the director of the 2011 documentary, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne — The Other One offers an in-depth look at Weir’s life, from his childhood in Palo Alto, California to his success with the Dead and beyond.
The movie also pays close attention to Weir’s partnership with Jerry Garcia and features interviews with Weir’s Grateful Dead bandmates, other musical colleagues, family and the musician himself. The Other One also boasts plenty of performance and archival footage, and, in a statement, Fleiss teased, “We certainly unearthed a lot of buried treasure from the Grateful Dead archive while making this film.”
In other Grateful Dead news, drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s band Billy & the Kids will headline an exclusive show alongside a handful of surprise guests at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 club on May 13th. Tickets are currently on sale via Ticketfly. The gig takes place the night before Kreutzmann joins the surviving Grateful Dead members and a slew of all-star musicians — including Bruce Hornsby, Eric Church, Moe. and Los Lobos — to pay tribute to Garcia with a special “Dear Jerry” concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
All this comes ahead of the Grateful Dead’s string of highly anticipated “Fare Thee Well” shows. The band will play two Bay Area gigs at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium on June 27th and 28th, followed by a three-night stand at Soldier Field in Chicago, July 3rd through 5th.
Those Chicago shows will be broadcast live in select movie theaters via Fathom Events. Tickets for the nightly five-hour screenings will go on sale May 4th; and the screenings themselves will begin each night at 8 p.m. ET.